Purpose – This study aims to investigate consumer acceptance for a set of innovations that can be applied to the production process of extra-virgin olive oil. The final purpose is to verify whether, and to what extent, consumer acceptance of innovations varies depending on the type of technology used and the profile of consumers. Design/methodology/approach – A cross-sectional consumer survey has been carried out in Italy. A structured questionnaire was administered to a national representative sample of individuals who are responsible for grocery shopping (N 5 1,003). Consumer acceptance for a set of ten innovations has been measured. Statistical differences between the various measures have been analysed through pairwise comparisons using Wilcoxon’s signed-rank test, and subsequent effect sizes have been estimated. A cluster analysis has been also performed to distinguish consumer segments with different response patterns. Findings – The results showed that the type of technology affects significantly the level of consumer acceptance of the tested innovations. In addition, high heterogeneity has been detected among consumer responses, and this leads to identify three consumer segments with different response patterns. Originality/value – The study is focused on extra-virgin olive oil, which is one of the most important traditional food product in Mediterranean countries. This is the first study where several innovations for extravirgin olive oil were jointly tested and compared for acceptance through a survey on a nation-wide representative sample of consumers.

Consumer acceptance of innovations in traditional foods: the case of extra-virgin olive oil

Carlucci, Domenico
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Roselli, Luigi;Giannoccaro, Giacomo;De Gennaro, Bernardo Corrado
2022-01-01

Abstract

Purpose – This study aims to investigate consumer acceptance for a set of innovations that can be applied to the production process of extra-virgin olive oil. The final purpose is to verify whether, and to what extent, consumer acceptance of innovations varies depending on the type of technology used and the profile of consumers. Design/methodology/approach – A cross-sectional consumer survey has been carried out in Italy. A structured questionnaire was administered to a national representative sample of individuals who are responsible for grocery shopping (N 5 1,003). Consumer acceptance for a set of ten innovations has been measured. Statistical differences between the various measures have been analysed through pairwise comparisons using Wilcoxon’s signed-rank test, and subsequent effect sizes have been estimated. A cluster analysis has been also performed to distinguish consumer segments with different response patterns. Findings – The results showed that the type of technology affects significantly the level of consumer acceptance of the tested innovations. In addition, high heterogeneity has been detected among consumer responses, and this leads to identify three consumer segments with different response patterns. Originality/value – The study is focused on extra-virgin olive oil, which is one of the most important traditional food product in Mediterranean countries. This is the first study where several innovations for extravirgin olive oil were jointly tested and compared for acceptance through a survey on a nation-wide representative sample of consumers.
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